Puerto Rico National Guard helps respond to earthquakes
By Puerto Rico National Guard
| Jan. 7, 2020
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Edwin Marrero, left, a cyber infrastructure technician and Senior Airman Edwardo Mendez, an information technology specialist with the 156th Communications Flight at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, perform maintenance on a generator f in Cayey, Dec. 27, 2019. Airmen from the 156th Wing were activated to support state and federal operations working to stabilize a vegetation debris fire that has been burning underground in Cayey since Nov. 28, 2019. (Photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Puerto Rico National Guard was activated Tuesday to help respond to earthquakes that caused heavy damage, some injuries and at least one fatality in the southwest area of the island.
Gov. Wanda Vázquez-Garced activated the Guard after a series of earthquakes along the southern coast culminating in a predawn 6.4 temblor Tuesday.
"The Puerto Rico National Guard has begun to respond to the call of our people in support of the Emergency & Disaster Management Agency," said the Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, adjutant general of the PRNG. "Our Joint Operations Center is currently operational, and our engineers will proceed to inspect identified bridges for damages. Additionally, we have emergency teams and tactical vehicles prepositioned in various municipalities, ready to assist as needed."
Reyes urged "everyone to remain calm and not speculate. Pay close attention to recommendations and guidance from government agencies and official sources."